A Collaborative Effort
In 1989, a Gaston County community-based indigent care task force composed of concerned citizens, business leaders, elected local officials, and representatives of Gaston Memorial Hospital, was formed to address the need of the growing uninsured population and the use of episodic emergency department care as an inappropriate substitute for primary care. The group was concerned with providing the right care at the right time, at the right place. The result was the establishment of Gaston Family Health Services (GFHS) with a mission to provide family healthcare to anyone in need, regardless of ability to pay. With technical assistances from the North Carolina Office of Rural Health, GFHS was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1991. GFHS saw its first patients in 1992 at the practice co-located within Gaston County Health Department building on Hudson Blvd. in Gastonia.
Collaboration with organizations in the community is not only the foundation upon which GFHS was formed; it continues to be an integral part of its success. GFHS fills gaps. Collaborative strategies leverage scant resources to improve the comprehensiveness and spectrum of care available to GFHS patients.
Recognizing the special needs of this population, GFHS has since grown its program to include enabling and supporting services through special programming to ensure comprehensive care for its patients. GFHS provides adult and pediatric primary care, behavioral health counseling, medication assistance, pharmacy services, chronic disease education programs(diabetes, hypertension, weight loss), nutritional counseling, women’s screening clinics, vision care, HIV/AIDS Case Management, and podiatry services, to name a few. GFHS also provides adult and pediatric dental care, including specialty elementary school outreach programs.
Today, GFHS’ team of family medicine physicians, pediatricians, mid-level providers, dentists, phychologists and social workers provide care at several locations throughout Catawba, Davidson, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties.
Carolina Medical Home Network (ACO)
GFHS is pleased to be a part of the Carolina Medical Home Network (ACO).
Carolina Medical Home Network Accountable Care Organization, LLC is one of 405 Shared Savings Program ACOs providing over 7.2 million beneficiaries with access to high-quality, coordinated care.
An ACO is a group of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers who come together voluntarily to give coordinated high quality care to their Medicare patients. The goal of coordinated care is to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors.
The short video below also provides insight into what GFHS is all about: “GFHS: This is It”
GFHS in Three Words
Click on this link to watch a video starring GFHS employees describing GFHS in three words:
Ten GFHS locations have been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). This Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition was earned by using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships.
GFHS is proud to have ten medical centers receive PCMH recognition at the following locations:
Bessemer City Health Center
Cherryville Health Center
Gaston Family Health Services – Main
Gaston Family Medical Center Highland Health Center
Catawba County: Catawba Family Care
Lincoln County: Helping Hands Health Center
Iredell County: Statesville Family Medicine Statesville Children’s Clinic
Davidson County: Davidson Health Services – Lexington